Breakfast Ride – Thursday, 20th June

Philip Gray will be leading this ride and writes:

Join CTC Northampton and Milton Keynes this Thursday 20 June for our traditional “Bike Week” bike breakfast at Salcey Forest café. This is also a Northamptonshire Summer of Cycling event. Any rider is welcome.

We aim to leave the Whitewater Centre on Bedford Road at 7.30 am, for a ride of about 9 miles to the café, where we will be joined by rides from Milton Keynes group.

If you prefer to go direct to the café, we will be there approx 8.30 – 9.30 am. I will lead a group back to Northampton for 10 am.

Hope you may feel like joining us

Happy cycling
Philip

Bike Week 15th – 23rd June

Once again the CTC will be promoting Bike Rides for All as part of Bike Week, the UK’s only annual promotion of all kinds of cycling activities – a nationwide programme of rides and events.  The aim is to get more people cycling more often – to have fun, get fit and feel free!

Here are some local events:

Saturday 15th June MK Millennium Cycle Route – 12 miles from the Great Linford Festival, Milton Keynes, starting at 10.30 a.m. (organised by Phil Ashbourn)

Sunday 16th June (1) The Sustrans Kingsthorpe Festival

Sunday 16th June (2) A 25-mile Mystery Ride from the Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, starting at 10.00 a.m. (organised by Phil Ashbourn)

Thursday 20th June Bike Week Breakfast at the Salcey Forest Café.  Two CTC rides both at7.30 a.m. (1) from the Canoe Centre, Bedford Road, Northampton – led by Philip Gray (2) from Wolverton Railway Station, Milton Keynes – organised by Phil Ashbourn

Saturday 22nd June Morning Leisure Ride  – 10.30 a.m. from Midsummer Meadow, Bedford Road, Northampton (led by Brian Tunbridge)

Sunday 23rd June All-day Challenging Ride – 9.30 a.m. from Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, Northampton to Stowe Park and return.  Lunch at Sulgrave Manor.  Led again by Brian Tunbridge.

Contact details

Phil Ashbourn 01908 698063
Philip Gray 01604 720522
Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Sustrans @SustransUoN

Christmas Lunch – Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes CTC – Sunday 16th December

The CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes Christmas lunch was held today at our usual venue, The Old Dairy Farm in Upper Stowe.  Thirty members were in attendance.

Six members from CTC Northampton rode to the Lunch from Hunsbury: John W, Eleanor, Bob, David, Ian and our leader Bill.  (Phillip and Rowan made an assisted journey; John C was meeting up with Max in the Bramptons; Phil L broke his chain – and mangled his gear changer – on the way to the start; he returned home and rode solo to the Lunch on another bike!) On a dry, sunny, mild morning we made our way through Milton Malsor, Rothersthorpe, Bugbrooke and Nether Heyford to a sociable elevenses stop at Flore (The Paddocks tea-room). David returned home at this point.

IMGP5608Cycles neatly parked at The Old Dairy Farm

Despite our pause for elevenses, we found we were among the very first to arrive at the Lunch venue where festive delights awaited us in the pleasant upstairs room set aside for our party.

IMGP5607Festivities have commenced

Thoroughly refreshed, we made our own ways back home.  My total mileage to the venue was 20 and my return 11.  A splendid start to Christmas – and big thanks to the organiser, John Weller!

Ride Report – NMK AGM & Lunch – Sunday 4th November

Four hardy riders gathered at 9.00 a.m. in Hunsbury on Sunday in what was already pouring rain: two Ians, Brian and our leader Bill.  We offered each other excuses: “I’m enjoying this, actually!” and “I must be mad!”

We made a prompt start.  Well, the sooner we started the sooner we would get to the dry A5 Rangers’ club-house in Towcester!

If the town had been wet, the countryside was flooded.  Pleasant lanes had become quick-flowing streams.  Every road was coated with leaves.  Bill led us straight to the club-house; no meanders; just the hope that we wouldn’t arrive before it was opened.

Forty-five minutes pedalling and the club-house was open.  It had magnificent wall mounted heaters.  They were soon draped with wet gloves, hats, socks … only later did I spot the sign asking us not to dry wet items on the heaters!

The riders from Milton Keynes had tales to tell of roads closed by the floods.  “Car-assisted” members had tales of being drenched in just the 200 metres walk from the nearest car-park.  Hot drinks and cake were consumed with glee.

The AGM commenced promptly at 10.30 a.m. and our thanks are due to Richard Daniells for efficiently chairing the meeting and to Max Scott for providing a sixteen-page report.  They were re-elected to their posts as were Eleanor Weller (Treasurer), Brian Tunbridge (Welfare Officer) and John Cutler (Registration Officer).  The committee now includes members from all the local member groups.

At 11.30 a.m. the meeting ended but the rain had not.  As our lunch was booked for noon at The Butchers Arms in Greens Norton, we were in no hurry to go back outside.  Brian and one Ian set off back to Northampton and endured a pretty wet ride home.  Bill and the other Ian set off for Greens Norton.  It had been a pleasure to put on dried gloves and a warm hat!  By the time we reached the Pegasus crossing at the A43 I was just as wet as I had been earlier.

The pub was welcoming (they’d expressed surprised earlier that twenty cyclists would make the effort).  The Sunday carvery proved popular and an very social lunch was enjoyed by all.

The rain stopped and weak sunshine greeted the end of lunch.  After farewells, Bill and I rode back to Northampton.  We remained dry – but only from the knees up.  Every lane was flooded; the water was pouring off the fields, through the farm gates, and at times straight through hedges.  Roads became rivers.  The A5 between Duncote and Caldecote was flooded with traffic at a standstill.  And it was too cold and too wet to stop for photographic evidence.

Bill and I said our goodbyes at Milton Malsor to take different routes back into town.  My thanks are due to him for leading this intrepid ride.  Our route from Hunsbury to Hunsbury is here – 21  wet miles, and 31 wet miles door-to-door.

This was our wettest ride since Kelmarsh in March. Winter has arrived!